How to Stay Clear of Online Job Scams

How to Stay Clear of Online Job Scams

There are as many scams as real job openings online - sometimes it seems like more. How can you tell the difference between online job scams and legitimate job openings?

It can be really difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what's a scam. Scammers are getting more sophisticated and coming up with new ways to take advantage of job seekers all the time.

Before you apply for a job online, especially work at home jobs, review typical job scams and scam warning signs to help you determine if a job is a scam. If you're not sure, take the time to research the company to make sure the job is legitimate.

Online Job Scam Warning

You're offered a job without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer.

The company asks you to wire money or asks for your credit card information.

The company asks for personal information like your social security number or drivers license number.

You are promised high pay for not much work.

The company asks you to pay for a credit report as part of the application process.

You are told you have to pay for training.

You're asked to cash a check and forward some of the money to a third party.

The salary details aren't clear. If the company doesn't pay an hourly rate or a salary, carefully investigate the details.

Check Out the Company

Google the company name plus "scam" or "rip off" will give you some information on the company if it's not legitimate. Visit the company's web site and if they don't have one or it doesn't have contact information consider that a warning sign. Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau.

Have You Been Scammed?

If you have been taken advantage of by a scammer or know about a job scam, add it to our list of online job scams and review the list of online job scams so you can avoid them.

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